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Virginia's contributions to the war — the Governor's views of Extertion.

We append that portion of Governor Letcher's recent communication to the State Convention from which the injunction of secrecy has been removed. The report from the Ordnances Department, to which allusion is made, exhibits an amount of material aid furnished by the State of Virginia which would astonish those who have been led to believe that the old Commonwealth has proved herself a ‘"slow coach"’ in this campaign and an expenditure of over six million dollars thus far proves conclusively that she is enlisted with practical zeal in the war for Southern independence. A chapter on exertion, in the message below, shows that the authorities have not failed to bestow attention upon a class of persons whom this newspapers have held up to public scorn:

Executive Department, Nov. 16, 1861.

Gentlemen of the Convention:--On the 17th day of June last, I transmitted to you a communication accompanied by sundry documents, intended to show what Virginia had gone in the way of preparation, and also what she had done in aiding the successful prosecution of the war in which we are now enrage. In this supplement to that communication I propose to continue the history and to bring down her action to the president. This course is rendered necessary consequence of the fact that evil disposed persons in our midst, claiming to be Virginian by birth, have misrepresented facts and distorted truth, with a view of injuring the public authorities in popular estimation, and disparaging the efforts made by the Commonwealth to advance the common cause.--The authorities are content with a reference in the record, and by that they are willing to be show Virginia to be judged, and her claims to prompt, patriotic and efficient action to be decided.

The paper herewith transmitted from the Ordinance Department of the State, under the energetic and intelligent administration of Col. Dimmock, will show the issue of arms equipments, and munitions of war, date the 14th day of June last, to the present time. This report completes that branch of the history of the operations of the State, and to if any Virginian can refer with the proudest satisfaction.

The amount expended by the State for war purposes since the secession of Virginia expense of millions of dollars. Every demand against her has been promptly considered and disposed of by the Auditing Board, and it is a source of infinite satisfaction to me to know that every demand has been paid on presentation at the Treasury. The Auditing Board are especially deserving of the thanks of the convention for the zeal, industry, and faithfulness with which their onerous and important duties have been discharged.

* * * It is important that some action shall be taken at the earliest moment to put down the growing evil of extortion almost conveniently prevalent through the State. I that all branches shall be fairly and justly remunerative, that the farmer, the merchant, the mechanic shall receive good products on what they may have to sell. The question is no longer one of fair profit, but it a question of how much can be afforded for it necessary article from the people. All things necessary for the comfort and support of the volunteers who are exposing themselves to the public service, and risking their lives and health to defence of our honor not independence, have been run up to an incredible price. All things necessary for the comfort and support of their families are run up in the same way. Unless something shall be done by you speedily to strangler this evil of extortion, a vast deal of suffering will be entailed upon the country.--When the Legislature assembles, much of the members will have been done and hence my appeal to the convention to interfere.

The volunteer who receives only eleven dollar per month for his services, cannot afford to supply his family with salt at from $20 to per sack, and shoes, clothing, etc., in like . Men who are neither contribution physical nor pecuniary aid to the constitution of the war, should not be allowed to reap exorbitant profits. I suggest, therefore, with great respect, that this subject should claim early consideration.

Respectfully,
John Letcher.

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